Angelique’s story in Funeral Flowers at The Bunker Theatre is one that demands action and puts accountability on adults who work with young people. An excellently written, important story for our times.
There’s plenty to like about Wow Everything Is Amazing, particularly the young performers. But it feels simultaneously too simple of story, and one that was created by adults and foisted on young people rather than the young people making something messier but fully owned by them.
Elephant in the Room piece still feels like it’s in development what with its simple structure, but its otherwise a compelling capture of a feeling that can eat you alive, and the struggle to not let it overcome you.
In May, the new Poet Laureate will be announced and Luke Wright thinks he’s up for the job. I agree. His lyrical, immediate collection of poems confronting modern Britain’s ills and praising its everyday heroes is a body of work that conveys an understanding and love for the intricacies of the nation.
To see Andy Bell as Torsten in Queereteria TV, relatively up close, in the flesh, was for me a piece of pop history, big deal again, nostalgia.
It is a richly ironic title then. Pah-La takes aim at the social and emotional structures of patriarchal revenge, and explores a radically non-violent alternative.
Despite a three-hour running time, this production of The Crucible is pacy and tense enough to be completely enthralling. Thanks to the power of the play itself, some interesting creative decisions and brilliant performances, as a whole the show is utterly bewitching.
Despite Wolfie at Theatre503 being the first play from Ross Willis and certainly not a flawless one, it demonstrates a laudable ambition and sense of scale.
Estelle Savasta’s story of motherhood, unconditional love and the refugees’ perilous journey in Going Through is elevated and mythologised, brought dreamily to life in a highly visual and engaging production with BSL and excellent projections.
This charming kaleidoscope takes the model invented by Craig Taylor in his landmark play One Million Tiny Plays About Britain to present a few dozens vignettes about daily life in Reading.